20 February 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & women's rights


Taxi driver arranged for daughter, 7, to have FGM, Bristol court told
by the Guardian, 20 Feb 2018

A father from Bristol arranged for his seven-year-old daughter to undergo a female genital mutilation procedure and told a charity worker the practice was carried out in his culture to prevent women from “feeling sexy all the time”, a jury has heard. The man, who is of Somali origin, allegedly explained to the charity worker: “I did the small one to my daughter, other people did the big one, I did the small one.”

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Tunisia to set up investigation units on violence against women
by Middle East Monitor, 19 Feb 2018

An investigation unit will be set up in Tunisia to investigate crimes of violence against children and women, the interior ministry has announced. The “Central Crime Squad for the investigation of crimes of violence against women and children” will be built on the law adopted last year which criminalises and eliminates violence against women.

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Women meeting to kick off in Addis Ababa
by Daily Nation, 16 Feb 2018

Key regional women rights, empowerment and development advocates, converge at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to strategise on how the organisations will continue to contribute and influence policy and priorities ahead of the annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, (CSW). The two day regional meeting kicks off on Monday in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, with participants expected to discuss perspectives and priorities to help achieve gender equality and empowerment of rural women and girls.

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'Harmful and sinful': Islamic Centre of Ireland issues fatwa against female genital mutilation
by thejournal.ie, 13 Feb 2018

THE ISLAMIC CENTRE of Ireland (ICI) has issued a fatwa to unequivocally condemn female genital mutilation. The fatwa – which is a ruling on a given topic based on interpretation of the sources of Islamic law – was signed by the head imam of the ICI Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri. “It is binding on all Muslims to speak against this practice, stop it if they [are] aware of its occurrence, and report any knowledge of it to the authorities,” he said.

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